Thin puff pastry layered with bright and fruity jam and topped with buttery streusel, this Prasselkuchen comes together fast but tastes like it took hours of work.
What is Prasselkuchen?
Prasselkuchen can be made a few different ways, but no matter what it always has a layer of puff pastry on the bottom and streusel on top. Jam can go between the puff pastry and streusel before baking or it can be brushed on warm to the freshly baked pastry and streusel. Most often, if the jam is layered between the pastry and the streusel then a glaze will be drizzled over the top once it is baked.
Can I use store bought Puff Pastry?
Yes! I love using store bought puff pastry for this recipe, it makes it a quick and easy dessert that is guaranteed to work! In the ingredients section you can find my recommendations for store bought puff pastry.
Can this be made in advance?
Yes, this kuchen (cake) actually tastes amazing the second day because the jam has had a chance to absorb into the pastry. But I do recommend eating it the first or second day that it is made.
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Tips for making this Raspberry Prasselkuchen
- Once the frozen puff pastry has thawed, work quickly. The colder the butter in the pastry stays, the more it will puff!
- Use any jam you want but don’t add too much, otherwise you will end up with a soggy bottom. The sizes of sheets of puff pastry will vary depending on the brand so the amount of jam listed in the ingredients is an approximation – you just want a thin layer of jam covering the whole surface of the pastry.
- Allow the prasselkuchen to cool fully before cutting into it or serving it. This will help it to set up and the flavors to meld.
- All Purpose Flour: Any all purpose flour should work for the streusel in this recipe! I have not yet tried any other flours with this recipe.
- Butter: Other than the butter that is already in the puff pastry, there is only butter added to the streusel.
- Sugar: There is granulated sugar in the streusel and powdered sugar in the glaze.
- Vanilla Extract: Vanilla adds a little welcome flavor to the streusel in this recipe.
- Puff Pastry: This recipe uses 1 sheet of puff pastry but can easily be scaled up or down. The size/volume of puff pastry sheets will vary from brand to brand. I recommend using your favorite brand or making it from scratch using your favorite recipe. Dufour makes my favorite store bough puff pastry because of its quality but the puff pastry from Pepperidge farms also performs well.
- Jam: Any jam will work for this recipe – I like to use something tart to balance out the sweetness of the streusel, but use your favorite!
- Lemon juice: Lemon juice is the liquid in the glaze of this recipe but you can also replace it with water if you don’t think the lemon will work well with the jam you choose.
How to make Raspberry Prasselkuchen
- Preheat the oven to 400 F and place a rack in the middle of the oven.
Make the Streusel
- Combine all streusel ingredients into a medium bowl. Rub the butter into the dry ingredients by hand until there are no dry bits left. Set aside.
Assemble & Bake
- Defrost one sheet of puff pastry according to the package instructions.
- Roll the pastry out on a well floured surface until it has lengthened a few inches in one direction.
- Line a baking sheet with one layer of parchment paper and then lay the pastry on top.
- Spread the jam out into a thin even layer over the pastry using an offset or rubber spatula.
- Finally, crumble the streusel over the jam so that the jam is barely visible.
- Bake the prasselkuchen for 20-25 minutes – rotating halfway through – until the streusel and bottom of the puff pastry are golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and leave to cool fully.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the powdered sugar and lemon juice together until a thin glaze is formed.Then drizzle over the cooled prasselkuchen.
- Cut into 12 pieces and enjoy!
- 200 grams ap flour
- 100 grams granulated sugar
- 100 grams butter softened
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 sheet puff pastry
- 6 oz raspberry jam
- 150 grams powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- Preheat the oven to 400 F and place an oven rack in the center of the oven.
Make the Streusel
- In a medium bowl add in the flour, butter, sugar and vanilla.
- Rub the butter into the flour and sugar with your hands or a fork until there are no more dry bits.
Assemble & Bake
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- On a floured surface, roll the puff pastry out a few inches in one direction.
- Lay the puff pastry onto the parchment paper and spread the jam out over the pastry in a thin even layer.
- Top the jam with the crumbled streusel and immediately place it in the oven to bake.
- Bake the kuchen for 20-25 minutes (rotating the pan halfway through) until both the streusel and pastry are golden brown.
- Once baked, remove it from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool fully.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the powdered sugar and lemon juice together until you have a smooth glaze.
- Drizzle the glaze over top of the cooled prasselkuchen. Then, cut it into 12 pieces before serving.